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QB Tom Savage - Houston Texans

6-4, 228Born: 4-26-1990College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 4

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Week 3: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Tough matchup. New England's secondary can absolutely be exploited, but even that is a tall order for Deshaun Watson and the Houston passing game. Watson looks out of his depth thus far, the receiving corps is badly banged up, and the scheme isn't doing them any favors. Watson's college career was carefully managed with quick, simple reads through short progressions, yet he's being asked to captain a traditional, pro-style offense in Houston. It's not working: through 6 quarters, he's averaged a pitiful 4.30 adjusted yards per attempt, taking 7 sacks in the process. It's not all his fault, of course. The team is badly missing second-year wideout Will Fuller, as well as its three (yes, three) concussed tight ends. With C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin, and Stephen Anderson all sitting for Week 2, Houston ran just 16 plays that featured a tight end. That asked a lot of limited receivers Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong, neither of whom had any noticeable impact. Griffin and Anderson are tentatively expected to return Sunday, but they're complementary guys at best. Strong was waived this week, leaving the receiving corps undermanned and in complete disarray. DeAndre Hopkins will continue to be as busy as he can tolerate, but the outlook isn't good for efficiency, with a raw and shaky rookie passer testing him in heavy coverage. The Patriots are clearly concerned over the slip in cornerback Malcolm Butler's play. Butler has been beaten consistently since the preseason, and he didn't play in the team's base defense in Week 2, logging a below-average 49 snaps. He'll likely return to his prominent role sooner rather than later, but he's rarely used against big wideouts, so new addition Stephon Gilmore will likely draw most of the DeAndre Hopkins coverage this week. In fact, the team is loaded with young, situational talent at cornerback, so the downfield outlook is especially glum for Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. He'll likely test the flat and slant zones Sunday, so the Patriots' goal will be to keep the short throws in front of them and tackle well. That's not optimal; no team allowed more yards after the catch in 2016. But with such an advantage in downfield coverage and pushing the pocket, the Patriots should win this matchup going away.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs JAX 31 7 13 62 0 0 0 0 0 2 1.1
3 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
3 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 1 vs JAX (7 / 13 / 62 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tom Savage did not get much help today playing quarterback but part was his fault too. Holding onto the ball too long caused some unnecessary hits and sacks but he was 7 of 13 for 62 yards with two fumbles lost due to being hit from the blindside. Savage had some nice throws to C.J. Fiedororicz to the middle of the field for 15 yards to his big tight end. Also, Savage had a nice 3rd down throw to Stephen Anderson for 11 yards to extend an early drive. What made matters worse for Savage was no help from his receivers who had four drops behind him. Ryan Griffin dropped a pass after being hit, Bruce Ellington dropped an easy pass outside of the number but DeAndre Hopkins gave zero help. Hopkins dropped a crossing route that would have been a catch and run but the worst of them all came on a deep ball from Savage on the first drive that hit him right in the hands only to fall incomplete. No doubt Savage needs to speed up but he received little help from his supporting cast.

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Latest News

Texans | Tom Savage not looking for trade (Sun Sep 17, 10:32 AM) - Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is not looking for a trade even though he lost his starting job in Week 1.

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Texans | Houston's Wednesday practice report (Wed Sep 13, 06:25 PM) - Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle), WR Bruce Ellington (concussion), WR Will Fuller (shoulder), TE Stephen Anderson (concussion), TE Ryan Griffin (concussion) and OG Jeff Allen (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 13, and have been ruled out for Week 2. LB Benardrick McKinney (knee) and CB Kevin Johnson (knee) were limited during practice but are not on the injury report. QB Tom Savage (finger), QB Deshaun Watson (ankle), RB Tyler Ervin (knee), WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist), C Nick Martin (ankle), OT Breno Giacomini (thigh), DE Jadeveon Clowney (foot), DE Joel Heath (knee), DE J.J. Watt (finger), DT Brandon Dunn (abdomen) and FS Andre Hal (hip) fully participated in practice and are not in the injury report.

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Texans | Deshaun Watson, Tom Savage on track to play (Wed Sep 13, 06:16 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (ankle) and QB Tom Savage (finger) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 13, and are not on the injury report for Week 2.

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Texans | Tom Savage takes part in walkthrough (Mon Sep 11, 06:36 PM) - Houston Texans QB Tom Savage (finger) fully participated in the team's walkthrough Monday, Sept. 11.

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Texans | No quarterback decision in Houston (Sun Sep 10, 08:38 PM) - Houston Texans QB Tom Savage was benched in favor of rookie QB DeShaun Watson in Week 1 against the Jaguars, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Sunday, Sept. 10, he would evaluated game film before deciding on a starting quarterback for Week 2.

Our View: The team only has four days to decide with an equally disgraced Bengals team hosting them on Thursday night. O'Brien did not give Watson a chance to get a lot of first-team reps and be prepared for a start this early in the season, so it is shocking that he pulled Savage so quickly. Unless he is abandoning his plan from the entire offseason and preseason, expect him to call Savage's number.
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Schedule

3@ New England Patriots
4vs Tennessee Titans
5vs Kansas City Chiefs
6vs Cleveland Browns
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ Seattle Seahawks
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Los Angeles Rams
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12@ Baltimore Ravens
13@ Tennessee Titans
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15@ Jacksonville Jaguars
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Indianapolis Colts